a note to say I love you

by Sunday Heart Parade

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"...this album is gorgeous.... A delight! I've loved the first listen and am looking forward to having it on repeat for the foreseeable future." Ian Shadwell

Intriguingly cinematic modern folk and alt-country - this debut Sunday Heart Parade album features four exquisitely beautiful Australian artists: Melanie Horsnell, Angie Hart, Bec Quade and Rachel Holmshaw, taking turns lead-singing on songs by Fi Claus and Merri-May Gill.

While emotionally engaging, it is also subtly withheld - outer serenity buoyed by an internal sense of fun with dark, twinkling eyes and bare outstretched arms leading you into the woods and snow.

Energies traversed tip hats to Eva Cassidy, Beth Orton, and Iron & Wine, while the very warm arrangements maintain a more modern but still folk-infused feel. Songs like 'That's you and I' and 'For always' are stripped back to bare vocals and guitar. Other arrangements range from full band (Dan Luscombe, Pete Luscombe and Bill McDonald on electric guitar, drums and bass) on 'Most of all', to the addition of even more layers - from Melbourne Symphony strings (Kristian & Michelle on violin and cello) and delicate Antarctic OP1 samples on 'Pacify the sun', to outer-space sounds and even fireworks on the quietly epic 'How can we know'. Then there is 'Would you still love me', which finds Rachel Holmshaw treading somewhere between a very laid-back Shirley Bassey and Portishead's Beth Gibbons, and belongs on a James Bond film... especially with a female lead.

Surprisingly - with all this diversity - there is a strong commonality and unity about this body of work, songs flowing effortlessly from one to another. Perhaps this stems from a combination of the 'deep northern winter' production theme Fi and Merri-May encouraged all members to visualise while working on their parts, plus the mixing and mastering mastery of Anthony Lycenko and Gavin Lurssen.

Light in darkness and weighty in lightness - this dreamy album will keep your log cabin warm despite the icy night outside.


Background goss on Fi Claus & Merri-May Gill:

Merri-May has packed tents at all the major folk festivals around Australia, plus toured extensively through the UK, USA and Canada in her comedy cabaret past-life - including 3 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals - with a 5-star review in The Scotsman. She was previously signed to Hot Records and has supported the likes of Joan Armatrading, Michelle Shocked, Bachelor Girl and Pete Murray.

Fi has had songs on high rotation on Triple J and recorded on Triple J compilations (Like a Version and Roots N All), performed backing vocals and/or violin with some of Australia's greatest musicians (Paul Kelly, Angie Hart, Pete Murray, Stephen Cummings, Dave McCormack and more), toured Aus for 10 years (6 in duo Gorgeous, and 4 as Fi Claus), and songs featured on the mercedesbenz.tv website, visitbrisbane.com.au, Australian feature film All My Friends are Leaving Brisbane, and the latest Moree Plains Shire Tourism film.

Noel Mengel (The Courier Mail) calls Fi a "sunny folk-pop delight", Jeff Jenkins (Inpress/themusic.com.au/Rhythms Magazine) says "she's a major talent" and Ross Clelland (The Drum/themusic.com.au) writes "the great song is in her". If the debut Sunday Heart Parade album is anything to go by, it turns out 'the great song is in co-writing' between Fi Claus and her wife of 13 years: Merri-May Gill (they walked down the aisle to 'Here Come the Brides' on the tuba by The Kransky Sisters' Michelle Watt in 2006, then again in 2019 when Gay Marriage was finally legalized in Australia).

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released October 14, 2019

All songs written & produced by Fi Claus & Merri-May Gill; lead vocals: Melanie Horsnell (tracks 1, 4, 5, 6,& 10; backing vocals track 7), Rachel Holmshaw (tracks 2 & 9; backing vocals tracks 5, 6 & 7), Angie Hart (tracks 3 & 8; backing vocals track 7), & Bec Quade (track 7; backing vocals track 1); Bass: Bill McDonald, Drums: Pete Luscombe, Electric Guitar: Dan Luscombe; Melbourne Symphony Orchestra violinist Kristian & cellist Michelle on tracks 2, 7 & 9; finger-style acoustic guitars,Yamaha C7 grand piano, MicroKorg, glockenspiel, violins track 3 & backing vocals track 7: Fi Claus; rhythm guitars, MicroKorg, backing vocals tracks 7 & 8: Merri-May Gill; Recorded by Anthony Lycenko at Sing Sing Studios, VIC Australia with assistant engineer Sam Swain (except Bec Quade's backing vocals recorded by Anthony Lycenko at Rockinghorse Studios, Australia, and Bec's lead vocals recorded by Wayne Connolly at Hercules Street Studios, Australia); Mixed by Anthony Lycenko & Fi Claus; Mastered by Gavin Lurssen at Lurssen Mastering, CA USA; album cover graphic design: Fi Claus (heart in flowers image artist unknown but much appreciated!!!)
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Intriguingly cinematic modern folk and alt-country: this dreamy album will keep your log cabin warm despite the icy night outside.

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Track Name: Hold your line
Hold your line

when you’re alone
and you’re far from home
and there’s no-one there to remind you
when you’re cold
and the streets don’t hold
any friendly signs to guide you

hold your line
I’ll be right beside you
you’ll be fine
when tonight’s behind you
you will find
that tomorrow’s all brand new
just for you

when you find
summer’s left behind
only autumn leaves to beguile you
when your mind
is on overdrive
and the books don’t seem to bind you

hold your line
I’ll be right beside you
you’ll be fine
when tonight’s behind you
you will find
that tomorrow’s all brand new
just for you

© & ℗ 2019 Fiona Elisabeth Joy Claus & Merri-May Rens Gill
Track Name: Pacify the sun
Pacify the sun

don’t build mansions
in your eyes
don’t you take me to the skies
then leave me high and dry

don’t you plaster
us online
don’t you tell me little lies
then go and change your mind

do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do…

don’t come standing
at my door
every little piece of you
just makes me want you more

some good things
can leave you sore
sometimes it is better to be
free than half-adored

Do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do…

I get angry
I get bored
I get all these thoughts of you
messing up my flaws

I don’t like
who I become
when the roses of my heart
get ripped and torn and stung

I can’t mend
what’s come undone
just as I can’t make your love
or pacify the sun

do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do…

don’t build mansions
in your eyes
don’t you take me to the skies
then leave me high and dry

I don’t like
who I become
when the roses of my heart
get ripped and torn and stung

I can’t mend
what’s come undone
just as I can’t make your love
or pacify the sun

do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do…

don’t build mansions
in your eyes
don’t you take me to the skies
then leave me high and dry

don’t come standing
at my door
every little piece of you
just makes me want you more

I’ve drunk water
of denial
floating there like broken leaves
and wasting all my time

I can’t mend
what’s come undone
just as I can’t make your love
or pacify the sun

do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do…

© & ℗ 2019 Fiona Elisabeth Joy Claus & Merri-May Rens Gill
Track Name: Did you know
Did you know

did you know by my dancing eyes
that I love you
did you know by my smile
I adore you

did you know all those silly things
that I told you
were like arms made of sand
trying to hold you

did you know that your open smile
was like gold, dear
floating down through my soul
to sit deep, here

did you know that when you said yes
I was aching
trying hard to be smooth
while shaking

did you know that for every heart
full-to-breaking
there are thanks to be said
and thanks for taking

& I know you’re not one for
standing around, dear
so I’ll just say it now &
we can leave here

did you know by my dancing eyes
that I love you
did you know by my smile
I adore you

© & ℗ 2019 Fiona Elisabeth Joy Claus & Merri-May Rens Gill
Track Name: Most of all
Most of all

I like Sunday mornings
all hazy and sublime
when sleeping in and snoozing
become king and queen of time

and I like you
I like you
most of all, I like you

I don’t want bland reality
when the day is done
I wanna climb Trafalgar lions
and ride into the sun

and I want you
I want you
most of all, I want you

I don’t need too many things
their weight can pull you down
but I need a soul to have and hold
while this world keeps spinning round

and I need you
I need you
most of all, I need you

I love summer colours
all fiery and in bloom
and starry nights when you can spy
a universe above your room

and I love you
I love you
most of all, I love you

© & ℗ 2019 Fiona Elisabeth Joy Claus & Merri-May Rens Gill
Track Name: That's you and I
That's you and I

ducks on the pond
waggle their tails
setting sail for some new adventure
two little lives, with one intention
travelling together, need I mention...

uh – huh – aah
uh – huh - aah
that’s you and I

eyes on the sky
looking for rain
trying to imagine the feeling on your face again
not all things that fall come down
some good things go around and around and

uh – huh – aah
uh – huh - aah
that’s you and I

two bright hearts
stand in the street
talking to eachother
- all emotion -
cats glide by like ships in the night
but if they look, they’ll see love
in motion

uh – huh – aah
uh – huh - aah
that’s you and I

© & ℗ 2019 Fiona Elisabeth Joy Claus & Merri-May Rens Gill
Track Name: How can we know (G mix)
How can we know

I was your first
sparks flew up in the night
now things are cooler
it’s time to take flight

all of our lives
are ahead, open roads
we’ve got to try what
feels right, as we go

oh how can we know
if we never go
and how can we choose
if we never lose

long streams and pipe dreams
they sparkle and run
leading us further
beyond what we’ve done

you’ll come around
when I’m ready to fly
you’ll come along
with a song in your eyes

oh how can we know
if we never go
and how can we choose
if we never lose

you feel like all
of my Sundays and sun
all rolled impeccably
right into one

we’ve both seen so
many bumps in the night
we can look back now and
know this is right

oh how can we know
if we never go
and how can we choose
if we never lose

I was your first
Sparks flew up in the night...

© & ℗ 2019 Fiona Elisabeth Joy Claus & Merri-May Rens Gill
Track Name: Music box
Music box

I love you but I know I let you drift away
I love you still and I hope you feel the same way
you’re in my heart that’s on my sleeve and on display
you’re in my music box and I’ll always press play

ooooooooooooooooooooooh
ooooooooooooooooooooooh

you’re in my dreams when I wish I’d not gone away
I wonder how things could have been if I had stayed
you’re in my heart that’s on my sleeve and on display
you’re in my music box and I’ll always press play

ooooooooooooooooooooooh
ooooooooooooooooooooooh

you’ve found the one, you’re on your feet and doing great
and I’m so proud of you, I just wanted to say
you’re in my heart that’s on my sleeve and on display
you’re in my music box and I’ll always press play

ooooooooooooooooooooooh
ooooooooooooooooooooooh

© & ℗ 2019 Fiona Elisabeth Joy Claus & Merri-May Rens Gill
Track Name: For always
For always

the grass is always greener
when you’re near me
but there’s none to be found
in your ward
so now the green light on asphalt
in the rain storm
as I drive home
matters more to me

so I’m seeing for you
for the rest of my days
and I wrote this song for you
for always

you were a foundation
and a rock for me
your quiet words
were so warm
when there was no conversation
your clear eyes could see
everything mine said
in a storm

so I’m seeing for you
for the rest of my days
and I wrote this song for you
for always

you cannot drive on empty
time won’t grow on trees
much as I would like you
to be here with me
and flying in the face of fate
can cut your wings
so it’s better to be gracious
and accept what it brings

so I’m seeing for you
for the rest of my days
and I wrote this song for you
for always

© & ℗ 2019 Fiona Elisabeth Joy Claus & Merri-May Rens Gill
Track Name: Would you still love me
Would you still love me

would you still love me
if our lives were movie scenes
would you still love me
in bright lights on the big screen

would you still love me
if our lives were ocean waves
would you still love me
and come back to my place

would you still love me
if our lives were earthquakes
would you still love me
to the skies as the ground breaks

would You Still Love Me
would You Still Love Me

would you still love me
if my diamonds were the stars
would you still love me
like a Martian loves Mars

would you still love me
if the sun was our gold
would you still love me
if we both grow old

would you still love me
if I danced the pirouette
would you still love me
if we hadn’t met yet

would You Still Love Me
would You Still Love Me

would you still love me
if our lives were movie scenes
would you still love me
in bright lights on the big screen

would you still love me
if my diamonds were the stars
would you still love me
like a Martian loves Mars

would you still love me
if I danced the pirouette
would you still love me
if we hadn’t met yet

would You Still Love Me
would You Still Love Me

© & ℗ 2019 Fiona Elisabeth Joy Claus & Merri-May Rens Gill
Track Name: Take a picture
Take a picture

caught in this rainbow here with you
it’s like a stairway down to heaven
that appears out of the blue
and the day sky’s filled with gentle clouds
when to ourselves we’re true
take a picture
coz we’re gorgeous
with our colours shining through

red is for cherries and marshmallows in the snow
orange is for apricots and winter fires that glow
yellow is for golden apples baking in a row
in our kitchen

caught in this rainbow here with you
it’s like a stairway down to heaven
that appears out of the blue
and the day sky’s filled with gentle clouds
when to ourselves we’re true
take a picture
coz we’re gorgeous
with our colours shining through

green is old book covers, with recipies so rare
blue is in your eyes and in your mind when I’m not there
indigo and violets turn blue sorrow into daring
in our kitchen

caught in this rainbow here with you
it’s like a stairway down to heaven
that appears out of the blue
and the day sky’s filled with gentle clouds
when to ourselves we’re true
take a picture
coz we’re gorgeous
with our colours shining through

© & ℗ 2019 Fiona Elisabeth Joy Claus & Merri-May Rens Gill

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